Scam email?

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Scam email?

Postby punto » Wed May 18, 2011 1:58 pm

This morning I received the following email, which I am convinced is a scam, since
(a) there is no mention of my name and
(b) the email used an originating address that was out of date.
Is this familiar to anyone, or do you have a suggestion as to what I should do?
Sincerely, Norman Phillips

QUOTE:*******************************
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,We came down here to England for
a short vacation and we were mugged at gun point last night,at the park
of the hotel where we lodged all cash,credit cards and cell were stolen
off us, thank God we have our life and passport saved.we have been to
the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at
all,they asked us to wait for 3weeks but we can't wait till then.

Our flight leaves in less than 3hrs from now and we are having problems
settling the hotel bills.The hotel manager won't let us leave until we
settle the hotel bills . we are freaked out at the moment Wondering if
you can loan me some cash,You can wire the money to me through western
union all you need is Name on my passport and location below.

Name:---ERASED BY ME FOR PRIVACY REASONS (nap)
Location:15 Craven Park Road,London,NW10 8SE,United Kingdom
Amount:1,750pound($2,813)

I will refund your cash as soon as we get home,Kindly get back to me
withe Money Transfer Control Number(MTCN)once you done with the transfer
END OF QUOTE********************

Is this email familiar to anyone, or do you have a suggestion as to what I should do?
Sincerely, Norman Phillips (AKA punto)
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Re: SCAM email???

Postby ggkrupp » Wed May 18, 2011 2:10 pm

punto wrote:This morning I received the following email, which I am convinced is a scam, since
(a) there is no mention of my name and
(b) the email used an originating address that was out of date.
Is this familiar to anyone, or do you have a suggestion as to what I should do?
Sincerely, Norman Phillips

QUOTE:*******************************
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,We came down here to England for
a short vacation and we were mugged at gun point last night,at the park
of the hotel where we lodged all cash,credit cards and cell were stolen
off us, thank God we have our life and passport saved.we have been to
the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at
all,they asked us to wait for 3weeks but we can't wait till then.

Our flight leaves in less than 3hrs from now and we are having problems
settling the hotel bills.The hotel manager won't let us leave until we
settle the hotel bills . we are freaked out at the moment Wondering if
you can loan me some cash,You can wire the money to me through western
union all you need is Name on my passport and location below.

Name:---ERASED BY ME FOR PRIVACY REASONS (nap)
Location:15 Craven Park Road,London,NW10 8SE,United Kingdom
Amount:1,750pound($2,813)

I will refund your cash as soon as we get home,Kindly get back to me
withe Money Transfer Control Number(MTCN)once you done with the transfer
END OF QUOTE********************

Is this email familiar to anyone, or do you have a suggestion as to what I should do?
Sincerely, Norman Phillips (AKA punto)


Definite scam ... many variants exist but it is a common one that, unfortunately my wife's grandfather fell for. He lost $2000 by wiring money to Canada for what he thought was help for his grandson. When he found out and filed a report with the police, they informed him that there was little that could be done and that he was probably out the money. The wire transfer was tracked to the UK and that is where the trail stopped.
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Re: Scam email?

Postby Linda Nickerson » Thu May 19, 2011 11:04 am

HUGE scam.......particularly on Facebook...looks like it's expanded....
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Re: Scam email?

Postby Jeannine Stergios » Thu May 19, 2011 12:36 pm

It has
Someone has hijacked my daughter's yahoo email address and is sending out a similar message to everyone on her email list.
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Re: Scam email?

Postby punto » Thu May 19, 2011 2:35 pm

This piece of scam is listed as number 10 on the following snopes site:
http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=va ... m=1&sp-s=0

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Re: Scam email?

Postby TonyRichardson » Thu May 19, 2011 2:41 pm

I always run these through my BS filter.

If someone knows me well enough to have a reasonable expectation that I would give them money, they also know me well enough to have my phone numbers. A far better medium for immediate need than email.

Therefore if money is being solicited from me through email rather than on the phone, it is utter crap and gets deleted.
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Re: Scam email?

Postby Brian McCarthy » Thu May 19, 2011 3:56 pm

Those things are not aimed at people who go 'hey, wait a second', they are aimed at, well, people who fall for them - and there are hundreds of them out there.

If they do happen to hit a combination of names with someone who MAY just send a message like that is where they get their payoffs.

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Re: Scam email?

Postby joe179 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:24 am

Check this one put:

Dear Sir,
I am contacting you to seek your assistance and cooperation with me to accomplish this important business deal which will be beneficial to both of us.
This business deal is an opportunity of a life time and will involve presenting you to a reputable bank in the U.K in a legal and official procedure as the next of kin and beneficiary of some investment funds.
Kindly read the attached letter and contact me on telephone number:+44-7924551455
Best regards,
David Blunkett,Esq
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